Monday, December 16, 2013

Day Seven

It has been 7 days since I last ran on my treadmill. I ran 44 miles last week so I was totally fine without it.





I shouldn't complain about the wait too much because the treadmill was bound to break eventually, and at least this way it broke while still under warranty and during off season for training. I've still be able to use the jogging stroller and get some miles in that way. My daily life is pretty active too so it's not like I'm stuck behind a desk all day doing actual work. I think I even picked up extra miles taking Faith to Target yesterday.





My treadmill parts were slated to be delivered on Tuesday, but they actually came a day early! It's a Christmas miracle! There is one minor complication (of course). While the parts were still under warranty, labor was not so this means I need to do the repairs myself. I had my husband walk me through all the steps and show me the various tools I'll need to use yesterday so I should be good to go. How hard can it be?  I have total confidence.





I got the box inside with no problems. I totally nailed this part.


Coonhound for scale


I even got it out of the box without any problems.


Heavier than it looks

After that, I had a period of intense frustration in realizing I have absolutely no real life skills and can't even use a screwdriver successfully, and then a feeling of total euphoria when I got it all together and the treadmill screen turned on.





After that, I had to follow some steps to calibrate the treadmill. It seemed easy enough, but when I got to last step, I just got a "Low Speed" error. I tried again two more times and got the same error. This means my treadmill isn't anymore useful today than it was yesterday when it was lying in pieces in my basement.




My big plan is to call tech support when they open tomorrow and see if they can help me fix this computer error. My back up plan for that is to join the gym for a month, but that still doesn't solve my "I want to run additional miles while the kids are sleeping" issue, but it does solve my bad weather complication of running with little kids. We'll buy a new treadmill if we have to, but this one is still under warranty so I'm hoping (FERVENTLY) that this can be resolved quickly and without dropping a grand.

Looks like we're going to have Day Eight of the Treadmill Drought of 2013. Let's hope there is no Day Nine.


Are you good with assembling things and using tools? I can put stuff together like strollers, but if it involves screws of varying sizes and purposes, I'm in trouble.

Are you tired of my dramatic treadmill whining yet? I know I am.

18 comments:

  1. I have replaced an outside mirror and a window motor inside the door panel on my van. Both of them were pretty easy, so even my girl-brain could handle it, and it saved me $500 in labor. Fuck labor.

    I would (still) kick a puppy for a treadmill, so I understand your pain.

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  2. I'm excellent at Ikea furniture!

    Worst comes to worst you can just have someone come out, right? I agree with giraffy on the "fuck labor," put sometimes you have to just suck it up for the cause.

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    1. I'm just wishing I had someone do that from the start because now I'm convinced that I did something wrong in the assembly.

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  3. I'm not great with tools. I found this out when studying for my degree. I totally failed in 'sawing off the top of a sheep's skull to remove the brain without hacking into the brain' in pathology and didn't do much better using power tools in orthopaedics. But who knew that taking shop would have been more important than biology to be a vet?

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  4. If I were closer I would come over and try to fix it for you. I'm not necessary good at fixing things, but I am persistent. It would annoy the shit out of me that it wasn't working.

    I don't have a treadmill at home but there are many, many times I wish I had one. Like every day this week.

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  5. I am no good at fixing things, but my husband is....so that helps. Also I have no problem paying for that sort of stuff. Patrick is all "why would we pay for it when we can figure out how to do it?" My thought is "I can pay someone to do X and save myself time and hassle that way." Either way, things get done.

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    1. I totally would have paid someone to do it, but they insisted it was so easy that I felt silly. I guess they suck at the upsell.

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  6. I am pretty good at fixing things that are just mechanical. If there is some sort of computer or electronics involved, forget it. I won't even try.

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  7. Have you thought about trying Peanut's method of just running laps around the backyard?

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  8. So, if you were to have to buy a treadmill, what would you get?

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    1. I don't know! Do they make an idiot proof kind?

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    2. I want santa to bring me one for Christmas, but I glaze over when I try to read about them and determine the best one to get.

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  9. First of all, your blog is awesome.

    Second of all, if I actually ran on our treadmill I'm sure I would always get the "Low Speed" error. And our treadmill isn't broken. It's my legs that have the problem.

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  10. I spent two years doing electrical work with my dad who's a master electrician. So yeah. I'm pretty handy. You have to be when you're on a construction site every day with a bunch of dudes who don't care about the only girl around. I can swing a hammer and run wire and install ceiling fans like a mofo.

    Which is why there's currently four light fixtures in my house that don't have lightbulbs. I CAN. I just don't DO.

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  11. I can fix just about anything if I have the right tools and there's a YouTube video showing me how to do it (cell phones, iPods, garage door openers, etc). But there probably aren't many "here's how to take your treadmill apart" videos, I'm guessing.

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  12. My primary area of expertise is with IKEA furniture. When we moved to Singapore, we bought a whole apartment full of furniture from IKEA. Then my husband left for a business trip in Indonesia. He didn't return until all the furniture was built. Good news? He trusts me with the electric screwdriver and hammer! But I do usually leave the electronics to him...

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  13. Hello? This is supposed to be OFF SEASON. This is the universe trying so hard to tell you to RUN LESS.

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  14. I love that cat gif, I just keep watching it over and over again.

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